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- Apr 04 2018
The Health Danger of Cadmium
Cadmium is a chemical element, it is soft, bluish-white and is chemically similar to zinc and mercury. Humans are exposed to cadmium mostly through plant-derived food. It is toxic even at low levels and it can affect nearly all systems in the body, including cardiovascular, the kidneys, eyes, and even the brain. Research by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services confirms cadmium is linked to human pancreatic cancer.
Consuming polluted food is the main source of cadmium intake for non-smokers. Other sources include nickel-cadmium batteries, fumes from hazardous waste facilities, smoking, and fertilizers. The kidney is the principal organ targeted by chronic exposure to cadmium.
- It affects Central Nervous System which includes decreased attention and memory in humans. It induces neuron cell death.
- It crosses the placenta and accumulates in fetal tissues. Prenatal exposure is a threat to the developing brain and results in reduced birth weight and birth size.
- Chronic cadmium inhalation is a possible cause of lung cancer.
- It causes hypertension.
- It can cause bone demineralization.
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